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blame this fire in april on an unattended candle used to light the home. four children died in the fire. >> it was customer who had been disconnected. they were unfortunately using apparently candles inappropriately. >> pg&e had used smart meter technology to cut off electricity to the family because the family wasn't keeping up with its bills. some say shutoffs will happen more frequently. now as more smart meters are installed. >> our concern is that with the advent of smart meters that have the capability of remotely shutting off customers without having to go physically visit the house that could significantly increase. >> for the first five months of 2009, pg&e used smart meters to cut off power to 4300 customers. that increase of 52,000 for the same period this year. pg&e insists that smart meters have not changed the way it does business. >> the advent of the smart meter has not changed the process with working with customers. >> they point to a different set of numbers. >> through the end of may the number of shutoffs in 2010 is down 33%. >> it points to the total number of all
here in the bay area, the case is being closely followed. david louie tells us what's at stake. >> reporter: california passed a law five years ago to stop the sale and rental of violent video games to minors. it was blocked by legal challenges and struck down. now it's going to the u.s. supreme court. its author welcome has definitive decision. >> it's crying out for some direction as to how we can have a rather successful video game bill. so i'm really hopeful. >> reporter: the case will be heard this fall with state attorney general jerry brown arguing such laws should be allowed. on the other side is the entertainment software association which represents the video game industry. we talked to spokesman rich taylor in washington via skype. >> if for some reason the state of california is able to say what can and can't be sold or marketed, that's not -- there is a reason to believe that stops with one form of entertainment. it could go to movies and books and music. >> reporter: at issue is whether violent video games are harmful and whether they should be kept out of the han
back, i was happy. >>> a new generation of stethoscopes that doctors use to listen to your heart and lungs is much more powerful tool. carolyn johnson has our story. >> he is an internist but the specialized stethoscope offerings special expertise. >> some of this new technology can do analysis or diagnosis. >> it fits right in the stetdz oh scope. it records the patient's heartbeat and transmits to at computer via a wireless connection. >> the heartbeat is stored as an audio file and wave form graph. they analyze the data and the timing of intensity of a heart murmur. >> it's very difficult for physicians to determine which cardiac murmur actually need to be sent to a cardiologist. this software has the ability to screen those out. >> the postable expertise is valuable for the doctor that perform many of checkups in a mobile examine clinic. >> one of the things we do we send out our team. >> and interactive screen allows assistants to perform exams by walking them through the steps. >> recording protocol complete. >> and the information can be e-mailed to cardiac special ists at
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